Category Archives: ScreenShot Mondays

ScreenShot Mondays Redux – Le Lion et La Souris

In the early days of the PlayGroundology blog, I ran a regular series over the course of a year (2011-12) called ScreenShot Mondays that appeared twice a month.  I’m dusting it off and taking it out to play again. Fellow Canadians at Montreal’s Le Lion et La Souris are the inaugural subjects of ScreenShot Mondays Redux.

A few weeks back, I was reminded of the series when I reblogged Tim Gill’s piece looking at Mike Lanza’s travails following a feature article published about him in the The New York Times Magazine. Mike and his Playborhood were the subject of the first ScreenShot Mondays post in 2011.

Below is the original three paragraph preamble to the first ScreenShot Mondays.

Cyberspace is humming with inspiration and information on every topic under the sun and then some. This clickable, digital universe is ever expanding with new ideas and new perspectives coming on the scene at a dizzying pace. What a great place to play and discover what’s happening in the wide, wide world. It’s a virtual venue for passionate individuals and mindful organizations to share experiences and create content in every imaginable format.

A couple of Mondays per month, PlayGroundology will screenshot a cyberspot that focuses on playgrounds, or play. I hope that readers will dive in and explore. Even if you’ve seen the selection before, take a moment and check to see what content has been added recently.

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Think of this as a very slow stumble upon, an invitation to relish something new or to revisit an old friend. Some of the people and places may be household names in the world of play and playgrounds, others not so much. I hope all will pique your interest in what they have to offer and further your own possibilities for playfulness.

Le Lion et la Souris are “inspired by playwork and forest school principles”. Pop into their site to see what they offer in terms of programs, training, community events and workshops. And yes, as their name suggests, they speak French and English.

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I’ll be in Quebec in about a month and who knows, maybe we’ll have a chance to meet. They’re located on the Plateau not far from a spot where a good friend of mine lived for years.

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ScreenShot Mondays – Let The Children Play

A couple of Mondays per month, PlayGroundology screenshots a cyberspot that focuses on playgrounds, or play. I hope readers dive in and explore. Even if you’ve seen the selection before, take a moment and check to see what content has been added recently.

Think of this as a very slow stumble upon, an invitation to relish something new or to revisit an old friend. Some of the people and places may be household names in the world of play and playgrounds, others not so much. I hope all will pique your interest in what they have to offer and further your own possibilities for playfulness.

Let The Children Play

Let The Children Play is a gem you don’t want to miss if you’re looking for ideas and inspiration to get the smallest of the small humming along to the outdoors beat.

The ‘Popular Posts’ section is well arranged and has plenty to choose from. One that caught my attention is super sized marble paintings! Why, oh why didn’t this exist in my early childhood world. This is all the fun of marbles, mess and mayhem rolled into one.

Super Sized Marble Painting. Source: Let The Children Play

There’s also a nice selection of blogs on play, outdoor play and early childhood under the ‘blog love’ tab. One of my favourite sections that I hope will grow and grow is ‘inspiring playscapes’. There are two school playscapes featured currently. I’d love to turn the clock back and have a go at playing in either one of them.

There’s plenty more chez Jenny in Australia. Drop in and find out for yourself. Oh and did I mention that Jenny was nominated ‘best individual blog’ and ‘best individual tweeter’ for the 2011 edublog awards?

ScreenShot Mondays will be back in two weeks. If you have any suggestions for a good subject, drop me a line at playgroundology@gmail.com.

ScreenShot Mondays – rethinking childhood

A couple of Mondays per month, PlayGroundology screenshots a cyberspot that focuses on playgrounds, or play. I hope readers dive in and explore. Even if you’ve seen the selection before, take a moment and check to see what content has been added recently.

Think of this as a very slow stumble upon, an invitation to relish something new or to revisit an old friend. Some of the people and places may be household names in the world of play and playgrounds, others not so much. I hope all will pique your interest in what they have to offer and further your own possibilities for playfulness.

rethinking childhood

rethinking childhood is a relatively new blog under the pen of Tim Gill. Tim is well known as a respected advocate of play in the UK and beyond.

Tim believes that children and young people have the potential to be more resilient, capable and creative than we give them credit for. Yet their lives are becoming ever more scheduled, controlled and directed. If children are to enjoy and make the most of their lives, we need to revisit and revise our ideas of what a good childhood looks and feels like. We need to reconnect children with the people and places around them, and with the natural world on their doorstep. We need to design neighbourhoods so that it is easy for children to walk, cycle and play near their homes. We need to improve play and recreational spaces and services, and ensure that schools, nurseries and childcare settings give children time and space for play and exploration. We need to support parents, so they feel able to give their children some of the freedoms that previous generations enjoyed when they were young. We need to accept that it is natural and healthy for children to take risks, make mistakes, have everyday adventures and test themselves and their boundaries. In short, we need to expand the horizons of childhood. (Source: rethinking childhood)

rethinking childhood is truly worth a read. Don’t take my word for it, pop on over yourself.

ScreenShot Mondays – Sustainable Sites Initiative

A couple of Mondays per month, PlayGroundology screenshots a cyberspot that focuses on playgrounds, or play. I hope readers dive in and explore. Even if you’ve seen the selection before, take a moment and check to see what content has been added recently.

Think of this as a very slow stumble upon, an invitation to relish something new or to revisit an old friend. Some of the people and places may be household names in the world of play and playgrounds, others not so much. I hope all will pique your interest in what they have to offer and further your own possibilities for playfulness.

Sustainable Sites Initiative

The first three projects among 155 participating in the Sustainable Sites Initiative pilot program achieved SITES Certification last week. And on to even more notable news, one of the three is a playground – the Woodland Discovery Playground at Shelby Farms Park, Memphis, Tennessee. Congratulations to all involved – especially the kids who gave a hand with the design and will get to put the space end equipment through its paces.


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That’s right, can you hear the same Paul Simon groove as me – Woodland Woodland, Memphis Tennessee. Seriously though it’s music to my ears when a playground is recognized in this manner. If I could dance right on down there, I would because it looks like they’ve mixed in a lot of fun with the sustainability.

World Landscape Architecture has a great write up on Woodland Discovery Playground illustrated with excellent photos. If you’re interested in seeing how the site developed during the build, check out David Lewis’ slideshow on flickr.

What a fine way to end a Monday – virtually slip, sliding away through a funky new to me playground.

Photo credit – ilovememphis. Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Thanks to Sustainable Site Initiative for inclusiveness of expression within their approach.

ScreenShot Mondays – The Play and Playground Encyclopedia

A couple of Mondays per month, PlayGroundology screenshots a cyberspot that focuses on playgrounds, or play. I hope readers dive in and explore. Even if you’ve seen the selection before, take a moment and check to see what content has been added recently.

Think of this as a very slow stumble upon, an invitation to relish something new or to revisit an old friend. Some of the people and places may be household names in the world of play and playgrounds, others not so much. I hope all will pique your interest in what they have to offer and further your own possibilities for playfulness.

The Play and Playground Encyclopedia

This is a one of a kind informative resource that lends itself to leisurely browsing or focused searching if there is something specific you’re trying to track down.

In the words of Rita Watts, a member of the Encyclo team and a frequent commenter at PlayGroundology, “The Play & Playground Encyclopedia is an independent, fact-based source of information whose purpose is to promote the value of play and the playground industry while archiving the history of the play and playground movements, organizations, companies, events, and people involved.”

True enough, but The Play and Playground Encyclopedia is also a bit of fun too. Where else will you get information under one roof so to speak on topics such as the Sajai Foundation, Hula Hoops (see my disastrous attempts here), brachiation (my Noah has just started brachiating and sister Nellie, two years younger, is raring to get at it) and the Sandbox Summit?

A fine opportunity to learn about some elements of the play and playground worlds.

ScreenShot Mondays will be back in two weeks. If you have any suggestions for a good subject, drop me a line at playgroundology@gmail.com.

Screenshot Mondays – London Play

A couple of Mondays per month, PlayGroundology screenshots a cyberspot that focuses on playgrounds, or play. I hope readers dive in and explore. Even if you’ve seen the selection before, take a moment and check to see what content has been added recently.

Think of this as a very slow stumble upon, an invitation to relish something new or to revisit an old friend. Some of the people and places may be household names in the world of play and playgrounds, others not so much. I hope all will pique your interest in what they have to offer and further your own possibilities for playfulness.

London Play

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London Play has been serving the kids of the UK capital for 13 years. That’s a constituency of over 1.7 million children under the age of 18.

Here’s some of what they do:

– campaign for the child’s right to play and help reduce barriers to play which are typical of a modern city
– champion playworkers as a valuable section of the children’s services workforce
– represent a genuine pan-London service, making an efficient and valuable contribution to children and young people, and their families
– are pleased that our website has become the authoritative voice of London’s play sector
– were rated “excellent” in the London Councils review of all its funded bodies, for the service we provide to the capital
– link with other organisations regionally to promote play as a natural antidote to childhood obesity and to increase their physical activity levels
– work together with Play England to complement each other’s work regionally
– support and seek to improve local delivery of services to children and young people, via our borough partners

Check out London Play for news, resources, ideas and playground listings. This is a site you don’t want to miss if you’re planning a visit to London.

ScreenShot Mondays – Active Kids Club

A couple of Mondays per month, PlayGroundology screenshots a cyberspot that focuses on playgrounds, or play. I hope readers dive in and explore. Even if you’ve seen the selection before, take a moment and check to see what content has been added recently.

Think of this as a very slow stumble upon, an invitation to relish something new or to revisit an old friend. Some of the people and places may be household names in the world of play and playgrounds, others not so much. I hope all will pique your interest in what they have to offer and further your own possibilities for playfulness.

Active Kids Club

That’s a sprite-like child jumping about on the Active Kids Club (AKC) masthead, a child who cannot contain his desire or joy about playing in the outdoors.

Kari Svenneby is the founder of this Canadian based organization that offers resources and structure to get kids up and moving in the outdoors. Kari shares lots of great ideas for activities in all seasons as well as cooking with nature tips and recipes.

She knows what she’s talking about as she’s mom to two kids and a classically trained chef. There is also a blog and an AKC network that is free to join.

If you’re looking for solid, fun ideas to encourage your kids to get outside then Active Kids Club is really worth a look. There is a lot of depth, creativity and good old fashioned common sense all over this site. Bravo to Kari and her collaborators.